Cyril Despres wins for the second time the Silk Way Rally


Ended in a hasty way the Silk Way Rally with a victory of Cyril Despres. The cancellation of the last stage for reasons of safety and security has allowed Despres to be proclaimed champion with a day in advance. The Peugeot driver, who has competed with Peugeot 3008 DKR specification 2017, sum so his second consecutive victory in the Rally of the Silk road and reaffirms its position of candidate for the final victory in the next Dakar. The podium of the race have completed the Christian Lavieille with the surprising BAIC BJ40L and Wei Han with the buggy upgraded SMG. The victory in the truck has been to the Kamaz Dmitry Sotnikov.

Sébastien Loeb has been given the task of carrying the weight of the race during its first week, but his fatal crash in the ninth stage took the lead on Cyril Despres. The frenchman, escorted by a Stéphane Peterhansel without options to fight for the podium, has managed to retain this position for the last four stages, is not without troubles. In fact, Despres has had some failures of navigation in the stages of major dune, leaving riders such as Eugenio Amos, or own Christian Lavieille get stage wins. Despite the victory of French rider at the twelfth stage, the leadership of Despres nor has been in danger ever.

In fact, Despres has finished with an advantage of more than one hour on Christian Lavieille, one of the pilots to highlight in this Silk Way Rally. Beyond the second place secured, the level reached by Lavieille with the BAIC BJ40L is remarkable. The project marks china has started with very good foot. Third, for its part, has been Wei Have with the buggy SMG. Eugenio Amos and Stéphane Peterhansel completed the Top 5 of the test, any time Bryce Menzies and Yazeed Al-Rahji have been stopped a long time in the dunes with the Mini JCW Rally.


The truck category has been a monologue of Kamaz, but with a great alternation between its pilots. The race surpassed the rest day with Dmitry Sotnikov, Anton Shibalov, Martin Kolomy and Airat Mardeev separated by less than half an hour. Although Martin Kolomy, with the Tatra Phoenix, was the only rider able to stop the Russian navy, the neglect of this in the twelfth stage left a duel to the three between the pilots of Kamaz. Being perhaps the most regular among the pilots of the signature Russian Dmitry Sotnikov has scored the victory at the wheel of Kamaz 43509.

all in all, the victory of Dmitry Sotnikov, stage neutralized this Saturday through, it has been by a margin really narrow. In fact, Sotnikov has just surpassed Anton Shibalov by 6:04 minutes, while Airat Mardeev has closed the podium with the third of the Kamaz to 23 minutes of his partner, a distance that would have been non-existent of not having had an accident in the dunes, damaging the front of his Truck. With Martin Kolomy and Gerard de Rooy out of the game, the best pilot not Kamaz has been Artur Ardavicius with the Iveco 4×4 DRNL. In this truck the airbag is the Spanish Framework Ferran.